Southern Rhode Island Area Health Education Center (sriAHEC)

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Mentoring Program


Mary Cloud, Director of the Pathways to Nursing program

Mentoring Program

Currently the Mentoring Program matches eight professional RN’s of color to eight Pathways students. Our goal is to obtain ten mentors during the first year then assess program needs in subsequent years.

Students wearing lab coats talk in a hallway at Brown Medical School

Pathways to Nursing Scholars, Dec., 2013

About the mentors:

  • Mentors serve as role models who support and motivate students toward achieving success, and retaining them in the program.
  • Provide an opportunity for students to shadow nurses or other health care professionals at their clinical or practice site.
  • Come from underrepresented groups and/or are practicing in underserved areas;
  • Have at least two years nursing experience (some have 20 years of experience)
  • Practice in a variety of settings — hospital inpatient units; home care/hospice, and schools as nurse practitioners, staff nurses, and in-service educators
  • Are from diverse ethnic backgrounds, including Hispanic, Liberian, African American, Vietnamese, and Caucasian
  • Are committed to meeting with mentees at least twice a semester

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